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|Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphone|
I'm going to try to keep this as short as possible. This Monoprice DJ is a best buy. For $20US, I am not sure anything else on earth exists that is as good. Its a rebrand of the Kicker HP 541. Correct me if I am wrong. The headphone feels fairly solid, I've felt far worse build quality in far more expensive headphones. The earpads are the cheapest pleather imaginable and reminiscent of shower curtains: Very thick and cheap feeling, they get super hot very fast. The cable is detachable with a standard 3.5mm socket. This headphone comes with two cables, one long and one shorter. Both are just terrible in quality and are actually audibly inferior to Monoprice interconnects which happen to sound really nice, makes no sense to me at all. Anywho, I've a few Monoprice cables and a spare Sennheiser HD 485 cable I can swap the stock cables with, the sound improved. Crossfeed is almost required for this set. The difference from normal input to crossfeed is significant, it sounds much nicer to my ears with Crossfeed enabled.
This is not a sucky headphone, its a very good sounding headphone and one that is on par with sets 3-4x its price. The Bass is not boomy, its not nearly Audiophile grade, but is warmer than dry, very potent and can reach deeper than I thought it would. Rap, R&B and any Bass heavy tracks sound really good, I do not get the sense of poor quality bass in the slightest. The mids and overall vocal experience are stellar for this price and on par with the likes of the Sony ZX700, taller and more broad than you will expect. For $20, the quality is exceptional. You will be shocked by them upon first listen and if you had no clue this headphone only cost $20US, you'd likely think it was much more expensive. The highs are sibilant and pokey. Too harsh for my tastes but fixable with EQ. Sound stage is again, really nice for this price range. Its not strong in imaging or width, but overall height and immersion is pretty good and for this price I have absolutely no complaints. Ask Tyll how bad they measure, I am sure they are abysmal. Despite that, they sound really great and I would take this set over any of the Monster Beats Headphones anyday. They are much nicer to my ears than the Beats Solo. This will make an exceptionally awesome stocking stuffer for Christmas or maybe a cheap birthday present. I am not happy about Monoprice sending me a scratched and dusty unit. I'm actually pretty pissed, because they didn't process my next day shipping needs until the end of the week, it shipped out Friday, didn't get to me until Tuesday, and I had purchased it Wednesday of the prior week. Shipping cost more than the headphone, I got it late, Monoprice said stick it we don't have to refund you for their slow processing. I was pretty sure the buy it button said NEW...not Heavily Scratched and covered in Dust. The bass is much better out of the Apex Butte than it is via the Fiio E10 or my Hisound Studio V. Surprising neither had sufficient bass quality to match the 8323.
Overall yes, its great. Go get one. Here are some nice pictures. Enjoy.
Edited by swbf2cheater - 5/3/12 at 7:24am